Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.
Gaming with a disability
Sixty-eight per cent of Australians play videogames, and 20 per cent of gamers have a disability.
The Australian gaming industry is worth $2.43 billion but is it paying enough attention to this market and considering their needs?
This week, we speak to gamers and developers living with a disability to hear what’s making gaming more accessible, the barriers yet to be overcome and what the future of gaming holds.
Ellen Jurik, Narrative and Game Director, Blowfish Studios
Meredith Hall, Co-Founder of Accessibility Unlocked
Humphrey Hanley ‘No Hands No Excuses’, Content Creator / Accessibility Specialist
Finger power & Spyware scandals
This week we dive into the biggest spyware scandal of the year, Pegasus, that was sold to authoritarian regimes and is being used to target activists, politicians and journalists.
Plus, the power is in our hands – or rather, fingertips – with a new device that can generate small amounts of electricity from finger sweat or pressure.
And US President Joe Biden says that social media is killing people, while beyond-the-grave deep fakes get us pondering the moral and ethical limitations of the technology.
Guests: Rae Johnston, co-host of the Queens of the Drone Age podcast & Josh Taylor, technology reporter at The Guardian
Are Covid breathalysers coming soon?
Breath-based Covid-19 tests are under development around the world, so has the time for disease-detecting breathalysers finally arrived?
Meanwhile, Reddit is opening an Australian office, so we want to know why and what’s behind its success.
Plus, big news for one of Uber’s biggest competitors and should we shame politicians for being on their phones too much?
Guests: Natasha Gillezeau, Technology journalist, Australian Financial Review & Cam Wilson, Associate Editor, Crikey
Indigenous start-ups talk country, culture and health
In this episode, our NAIDOC week panel tell us all about how their start-ups are harnessing the power of technology to help users connect with their country, culture and improve health outcomes.
Kayla Cartledge, CEO & Founder, Our Songlines
Dr Kyle Turner, CEO & Co-Founder, Pearlii
Dr Christopher Lawrence, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering & IT at University of Technology Sydney. Lead investigator in the development of the SWAMSmob app.
Two exorbitant tickets to space, please.
The report from the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force has finally landed, so what exactly does it reveal?
Plus, Virgin Galactic gets the green light to take passengers into space, or more precisely, to the edge of space.
And we look at the legacy of one of the most influential but dangerous people in tech history and how much BuzzFeed is really worth.
Guests: Rad Yeo, Technology journalist and co-host of Queens of the Drone Age podcast & Meg Coffey, Social Media strategist
It’s a hit. Except when it isn’t.
We think of shows on Netflix, Stan and Amazon as being hit shows because everyone is talking about them but the truth is that no one outside of those companies actually knows how many people are watching. So that hit might not actually be a hit at all. So how can we bring a little transparency to the process?
Plus, the women taking on an adult media company, the surgeons conducting surgery in augmented reality and when international travel is happening again do we want to do it at the speed of sound?
Guests: Rae Johnston, co-host of Queens of the Drone Age podcast & Jonno Seidler, Creative Lead at Unyoked
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Great show! There’s always a nice panel of tech journalists and the topics are endlessly fascinating. It’s a great way to review the week in tech and culture. The conversations are intellectual yet fun.
Definitely a superior panel-style “talking heads” podcast. I always look forward to new episodes when they drop at the end of the week.
Like the podcast! It’s a must-listen to when I’m cooking in the galley of my boat on a Friday night in the Marshall Islands. Mark: You are terrific ... I particularly like it when Clare Riley is on the panel... and I enjoy most of the topics... I guess my favorite stuff is new gizmos, sites, and trends... Thanks, Karen